Williston District Construction Projects

US 85 – I-94 to Watford City Bypass

Upcoming Public Meetings

Public hearings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) were held May 29-31, 2018 in Belfield, Fairfield, and Watford City; no additional public meetings are planned.

Project Description

The US Highway 85 Project (project) encompasses approximately 62 miles of roadway in Stark, Billings, and McKenzie counties, North Dakota. The project begins at the Interstate 94 (I-94) interchange and extends north to the Watford City Bypass (McKenzie County Road 30). The proposed action is to expand this segment of US Highway 85 from a two-lane highway to a four-lane highway with flexible design options to avoid or minimize impacts and rehabilitate or replace the historic Long X Bridge over the Little Missouri River. The goal of the project is to essentially maintain and follow the existing US Highway 85 alignment, utilizing the existing infrastructure to minimize potential impacts on environmental, socioeconomic, and human-made resources, to the maximum extent practicable.

Environmental Process

The project is being led by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT). The FHWA and NDDOT are functioning as joint lead agencies and are the primary entities responsible for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In addition, the proposed project has three cooperating agencies: the National Park Service (NPS), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and US Forest Service (USFS).
The NDDOT and FHWA are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate alternatives and impacts associated with the proposed project. The EIS is being developed following the procedures set forth by:

  • Councils on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing NEPA
  • Section 6002 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act-Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)
  • FHWA Technical Advisory for Preparing and Processing Environmental and Section 4(f) Documents

Documentation associated with the EIS is as follows:

The DEIS is also available for viewing at the following locations until June 25, 2018:

  • Belfield City Hall, 208 Main Street North, Belfield, ND, (701) 575-4235
  • Billings County Courthouse, Auditor’s Office, 495 4th Street, Medora, ND, (701) 623-4491
  • Dickinson Area Public Library, 139 West 3rd Street, Dickinson, ND, (701) 456-7700
  • McKenzie County Courthouse, 201 5th Street Northwest, Watford City, ND, (701) 444-3616
  • McKenzie County Public Library, 112 2nd Avenue Northeast, Watford City, ND, (701) 444-3785
  • North Dakota State Library, 604 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND, (701) 328-4622
  • NDDOT Central Office, 608 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND, (701) 328-2500
  • NDDOT Dickinson District Office, 1700 3rd Avenue West, Dickinson, ND, (701) 227-6500
  • NDDOT Williston District Office, 605 Dakota Parkway West, Williston, ND, (701) 774-2700
  • Watford City City Hall, 213 2nd Street Northeast, Watford City, ND, (701) 444-2533

Public Involvement Materials

Comments

Project Location Map

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project map

Project Milestones

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project milestones

Stakeholder Group

A Stakeholder Group has been formed to give advice to the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) by providing informed and thoughtful input and to act as a liaison to other groups, individuals, business owners and landowners throughout the EIS process. These stakeholders are another resource for questions or input on the project.

  • Kevin Brodie, Federal Highway Administration
  • Matt Linneman, ND Department of Transportation
  • Rob Rayhorn, ND Department of Transportation
  • Larry Gangl, ND Department of Transportation
  • Joel Wilt, ND Department of Transportation
  • Jeani Borchert, ND Department of Transportation
  • Jen Turnbow, KLJ
  • Troy Ripplinger, KLJ
  • Mike Huffington, KLJ
  • Wendy Ross, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, National Park Service
  • Chad Sexton, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, National Park Service
  • Swade Hammond, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Jason Dekker, US Forest Service
  • Pete Coffey, Tribal Consultation Committee
  • Ben Rhodd, Tribal Consultation Committee
  • Jeff Iverson, Billings County and City of Belfield
  • Juliana Hammerstrom, Billings County
  • Stacey Swanson, Billings County
  • Mike Kasian, Billings County
  • Julie Reis, Fairfield
  • Gene Veeder, McKenzie County
  • Ryan Jilek, Stark County
  • Rick Jore, Watford City
  • Jan Swenson, Badlands Conservation Alliance
  • Hugh Hlebechuk, Contractor
  • Valerie Naylor, National Parks Conservation Association
  • Bruce Kreft, ND Game & Fish Department
  • Mike McEnroe, ND Wildlife Federation
  • Cody Northrop, ONEOK
  • Cal Klewin, Theodore Roosevelt Expressway
  • Gaylon Baker, Theodore Roosevelt Expressway
  • Richard Volesky, Billings County Pioneer
  • Gus Tarnavsky, Landowner
  • Vonne Tarnavsky, Landowner
  • Teresa Kessel, Landowner
  • Anthony Kessel, Landowner